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Chief of Staff to present Capital Improvement Program to City Council
Thursday, June 05, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - On Monday, June 9, Chief of Staff Steve Cox will make a presentation to the Colorado Springs City Council on the City’s high-priority, unfunded capital improvement backlog.

Mayor Steve Bach strongly supports a holistic, one-step approach to solving the City’s entire CIP backlog, including Streets, Parks, Public Safety and IT as well as Stormwater. 

“The much-publicized separate stormwater funding initiative brought forward this year will only solve a part of a much bigger critical infrastructure problem facing the City of Colorado Springs,” said Mayor Bach. 

Mayor Bach supports, in principle, a regional stormwater solution whereby municipalities in our region and El Paso County collaborate on joint jurisdiction stormwater projects. However, addressing the stormwater needs with a separate fee cannot come at the expense of addressing our overall infrastructure. 

The Mayor believes we must do both and that a one-step approach will ensure prioritization of all City projects.  The City of Colorado Springs should fund its stormwater obligation within the region as part of an overall capital improvement plan as outlined in the attached presentation. This approach requires a single request being submitted to the voters and enables the City to move forward quickly to address all components of our crumbling infrastructure and demonstrate that the citizens of Colorado Springs care about how the city looks and functions to the benefit of all who live and visit here.  Mayor Bach added, “We need a whole solution to support our future success….now.”

Attached is a copy of the presentation prepared for Monday's meeting.  Steve Cox will be available for interviews on Monday following the City Council Work Session.

Unfunded CIP needs presentation 6-13-14 (pdf file)